For me the worst part of all this is the behaviour of the AIs very early in the game. We all remember meeting civs in the earlier games and having the agro leaders declare tribute from you right away, and if you refused they'd declare war. Or you could demand tribute and that might incite a war or they might pay up. civ 4 you don't even get the option to demand tribute, and the AI always 100% makes peace with you from the start, and you won't hear from them again until Writing. All 18 civs will make peace and all dance around their settlers and warriors trying to expand without one little scuffle between them? Birds singing, children playing etc. I love the game, but jeeze even Civ2 wasn't this spastic in some areas.